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Boating safety class April 25 in York County

Boating safety class April 25

The York County Sheriff’s Office Lake Enforcement Unit and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have scheduled several boating safety courses to be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive.

Dates are April 25, June 20, July 18 and May 16.

There is no charge for the class. The minimum age for participants is 12. Instructors suggest bringing a No. 2 pencil, a highlighter pen, plus snacks and a beverage.

To register for the class, visit

Races scheduled May 8-9 on Lake Norman

My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with three-time NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, will host Stand Up for Autism benefiting the IGNITE community center and the Autism Society of North Carolina on Lake Norman May 8-9 at Port City Club in Cornelius, N.C.

The event will feature elite and recreational races, which are open to the public. The race is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association and will be the first regional points race on Lake Norman.

Limited paddleboard rentals will be available on a first-reserve basis. Paddleboard fitness demos will also be held.

The event will begin with a kick-off party 6-9 p.m. May 8 at Port City Club, which will include food, beverages, silent auction and music. The pre-race meeting will start at 8 a.m. with the WPA Region 6 sanctioned Elite and Recreational races to follow. The awards ceremony on the beach will begin at 11 a.m. and be followed by a luau featuring the Island Hula Girls, along with island music, food and fun activities for all ages.

To register, visit:

Register for Boat Poker Run

Lake Wylie Rotary Club’s annual Boat Poker Run will be May 16.

Registration and first stop is at T-Bones on the Lake area 11 a.m.-noon. Second stop is Harbortowne Marina noon-1 p.m. Third stop is Long Cove Marina 1-2 p.m. Fourth stop is Commodore Yacht Club 2-3 p.m. The fifth and final stop is T-Bones on the Lake with all boats back by 4 p.m.

Each hand costs $15. You do not need a boat to play. You may go to T-Bones and buy a complete hand to participate.

There will be prizes for first and second best hands, and for worst hand. Proceeds go to Alzheimer’s research. Rain date May 30.

For more information, call 704-674-2525 or 704-968-8844, or visit to register.

Marine commission seeks Eagle hopeful

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission is looking for a Scout seeking Eagle rank or other honors for a lake service project.

The commission would like for a local Scout to set up containers for collecting used fishing wire to keep it out of the water.

For more information, call 704-825-3189 or 704-688-6507.

Boaters urged to speak up about gas

New bipartisan legislation Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015 introduced recently would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States.

BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their U.S. representatives to support the bill.

Currently, there are no marine engines in the U.S. warrantied to run on any gasoline blend greater than 10 percent ethanol (E10). According to AAA, only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roadsare approved to use E15 gasoline, based on a survey conducted by AAA of auto manufacturers. Any damage from the use of higher ethanol fuels (E15 or greater) in cars and trucks will void many manufacturers’ warranties.

When the RFS was written in 2005, it assumed that Americans’ gasoline use would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with fuel. However, since 2005, gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily. The unintended affect is the law that forces more ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply, and to maintain adherence with the RFS rules, in 2010 the EPA permitted fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) into the marketplace – a fuel many gasoline engines cannot use.

It is illegal to use E15 in boat engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, small engines such as lawnmowers and leaf blowers, as well as any vehicle made before 2001. However, this fuel can be found at more than 100 gas stations in 16 states at the same pumps as E10 and ethanol-free gasoline.

The new bill would cap the ethanol requirements at E10 (10 percent ethanol), would effectively prohibit the use of corn-based ethanol in the RFS, require more advanced biofuels and take into account actual, real-world production of biofuels when setting requirements.

Boaters can ask their Congressman to support and co-sponsor the bill by going to: